i love having fun (and playing with fire)

so much has happened since we last spoke, i can’t even begin to tell you!

like what, josey baker, like effing what?!?

oh, just tons of great ideas, like THIS:

but that is neither here nor there, really, now is it?

no, it’s not, that has absolutely nothing to do with bread.

shut up. THIS has also happened – there’s a effing hole in the floor at the Divis space!

why oh why is there a hole in the floor? because we have to put the plumbing somewhere, now don’t we, silly.

but this past week i had myself some good adventuring, since i couldn’t do any baking. i took a jaunt up north with my never-ceases-to-amaze-me lady Cathy and her wonderful parents and we took a break between wine sipping to frolic in the pretty yellow fields:

how adorable are they???

i also spent some extra time with my new friend jerry, and each day i learn how special he is:

i am proud to say that i, along with dear heartbrother rafi, with be the proud temporary parents of that little pooch for 3 weeks.

and oh yeah – bread is back on this week honey babies. come say YO.

and in other very exciting news: i’m going to be starting a bread subscription program at the Google office in SF. holy crap. the ridiculously cool and talented folks at Good Eggs have been busting their a$s on some amazing new stuff that is going to drop soon. get ready people, they’s about to make your life (and mine) a lot easier.

just pulled this hottie out the oven:

butterfly kisses,

josey

 

gone fishin’

Mission Pie is closed for renovations, so i shan’t be baking any bread this week. sorry for not telling you sooner, but it’s like flossing – if you do it quickly and unexpectedly it’s all over before you even know what’s going on, and you’re all that much stronger for it.

what am i going to do instead? obvi, i’ve gone fishin’.

not really, but that would be very cool of me now wouldn’t it?

i would love to hear what other breads you choose to eat instead of mine. it’s such a nice little surprise to see comments pop up on this little corner of the world wide web.

in the mean time, feast your eyes on this, sucka.

the other night my roomie brendan made some totally killer bone marrow mousse and we slathered it all over some sourdough sandwich bread and it made life real nice.

we ate the little toasties with some homemade kimchi soup. ain’t nothin like a bowl of homemade soup, no there ain’t. and don’t try to say there is, cuz i will have to prove you wrong.

walnuts are sooo california. one can never have too many walnuts.

get a load of those whole wheat loaves all covered in sesame and poppy seeds! i’d been wanting to do this for a long time, and it finally occurred to me that the only way it was going to happen was if i just went ahead and did it. its my new favorite.

the troops, standing tall and proud, awaiting their triumphant end. to keep myself in line, i’ve been baking a loaf or two (or seven) at home. it’s way easier than baking 100 loaves at a time.

<3 <3 <3

jojo


 

the magical wizard’s lair

for a while now folks have been suggesting that i photograph the new space before it gets built out. this morning i finally took their advice, and this is what happened.

the view down the right side of the space. as you can see by the wooden pieces on the floor, we’ve utilized the most high-tech technology to ensure maximum bread and coffee efficiency.

these are the doors that were on the coolers in the back of the space when we moved in. we’re going to figure out a nice way to display them in the new space as well. the old owners had the right idea – nobody likes it when there’s a surprise extra charge at the cash register, right? hell no. we won’t be sneaky either.

this is the view from the back of the space, facing towards the street. this is actually going to be turned into office, storage, bathrooms. check out the totally awesome slanted ceiling for water drainage. you cannot fight the forces of nature.

a few months back i went over with Jeremy and Alex (resident wood worker hardman rad papa) to lay out our current plans for the coffee bar and bakery. they broke out glue guns and huge popsicle sticks like these and we had ourselves a craft hour. i was pretty skeptical, but i’ll be damned, it frikkin worked, and by the end of it we’d solved all of our problems. (that’s bs, but we did have a lot of fun and solve some of the problems.)

one day my friends, this corner will be my little baked goods workshop. picture a humongous oven in the back right corner, with a nice big cool room right next to it, and a radical custom wooden workbench in front, where that metal rack is in the picture. i also wanted to have a lazy boy on top of my cool room, but that plan was recently nixed. i will figure out some other awesome thing instead.

it’s a got a ways to go, but i’ll tell you what – before you know it you’ll be hanging out in the cafe thinking, “remember when we saw those pretty pictures on that silly breadblog of this space? holy crap i can’t believe it’s the same space! those folks have to be wizards or something.”

oh, we’re wizards alright… wizards from another dimension where everybody drinks coffee like it was water and eats bread like it was… umm… bread?

okay, so maybe we’re not wizards. but we ARE going to make an awesome cafe, just for you.

and it’s going to be called “The Magical Wizard’s Lair.”

<3 josey

p.s. it’s not going to be called that, are you kidding me???